assembly

[ uh-sem-blee ]
/ əˈsɛm bli /

noun, plural as·sem·blies.

an assembling or coming together of a number of persons, usually for a particular purpose: The principal will speak to all the students at Friday's assembly.
a group of persons gathered together, usually for a particular purpose, whether religious, political, educational, or social.
(often initial capital letter)Government. a legislative body, especially the lower house of the legislature in certain states of the U.S.: a bill before the assembly; the New York State Assembly.
Military.
  1. a signal, as by drum or bugle, for troops to fall into ranks or otherwise assemble.
  2. the movement of forces, tanks, soldiers, etc., scattered by battle or battle drill, toward and into a small area.
the putting together of complex machinery, as airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions.
Machinery. a group of machine parts, especially one forming a self-contained, independently mounted unit.Compare subassembly.

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Origin of assembly

1275–1325; Middle English assemblee<Middle French, literally, (that which is) assembled, feminine past participle of assembler to assemble

synonym study for assembly

1, 2. See convention.

OTHER WORDS FROM assembly

pre·as·sem·bly, noun, plural pre·as·sem·blies.re·as·sem·bly, noun, plural re·as·sem·blies.self-as·sem·bly, noun, plural self·-as·sem·blies.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH assembly

assemblage, assembly
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British Dictionary definitions for assembly (1 of 2)

assembly
/ (əˈsɛmblɪ) /

noun plural -blies

a number of people gathered together, esp for a formal meeting held at regular intervals
the act of assembling or the state of being assembled
the process of putting together a number of parts to make a machine or other product
machinery a group of mating components before or after fitting together
military
  1. a signal for personnel to assemble, as by drum, bugle, etc
  2. (as modifier)an assembly area

British Dictionary definitions for assembly (2 of 2)

Assembly
/ (əˈsɛmblɪ) /

noun plural -blies

the lower chamber in various American state legislaturesSee also House of Assembly, legislative assembly, National Assembly
NZ short for General Assembly
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